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  • Loebsack Statement on the President’s Review of the Small Refinery Exemption
    Posted in Press Release on June 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack released a statement following reports in the media that President Trump has ordered the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other Cabinet members to review the excessive use of the Small Refinery Exemption program (SRE). Earlier this year, Loebsack, co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus, called on the EPA to suspend issuing SREs until a review of the program had been completed. Since this administration began using SREs to help prop up... Read more

  • Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Bring High-Speed Broadband Internet to All Americans
    Posted in Press Release on June 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today introduced legislation to bring high-speed broadband internet service to more than 98 percent of the country. The “Connect America Act” would authorize a reverse auction by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help fund the deployment of high-speed internet to the largest portion of Americans at the lowest cost. This bill is also included in the LIFT America Act, which is the comprehensive infrastructure plan that was introduced in the House Energy and C... Read more

  • Loebsack Reintroduces Legislation to Establish National Flood Center
    Posted in Press Release on June 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he has reintroduced legislation to establish a National Flood Center to conduct research on flooding, flood prevention and other flood-related issues. The National Flood Research and Education Center Act (NFRECA) will establish a consortium within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that includes institutes of higher education in order to advance the understanding of the causes of flooding, implement advanced flood prediction ... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on EPA’s Rule to Allow Year-Round E-15 Sales
    Posted in Press Release on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the EPA released new rules that will allow for the year-round sale of gasoline mixed with E-15. “I am pleased that E-15 will now be available to consumers year-round. It is unfortunate that it has taken this long, but this rule will finally remove this unnecessary barrier to expanding the use of renewable fuels in time for this summer driving season. Allowing the sale of E-15 during the summer months will give consumers a low... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on President Trump’s Tariff Tax on Iowans
    Posted in Press Release on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after President Trump announced his intentions to place tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico. “President Trump’s tariff tax is bad news for Iowans, especially our farmers, and amounts to nothing more than an unnecessary tax increase on hardworking families. This administration cannot continue with these haphazard, generalized threats of across the board tariffs. The previous tariffs against China and Mexico have already caused... Read more

  • Amid Reports EPA Misled Congress, Loebsack Calls for Suspension of Small Refinery Waivers
    Posted in Press Release on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement in response to media reports that the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) apparently lied to Congress about their justification for the sharp increase in the number of small refinery waivers approved for oil refiners, including refineries owned by large oil companies, such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. It is reported that the EPA loosened its approval standards in order to make it easier for large oil companie... Read more

  • Loebsack, McMorris Rodgers Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Access to Durable Medical Equipment
    Posted in Press Release on May 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Rural Development

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment (HOME) Access Act of 2019. This legislation would preserve access to durable medical equipment (DME), especially in rural communities, by addressing severe cuts to reimbursement rates. Specifically, this legislation delays the July, 2016 cuts to DME payments in rural areas, which slashed Medicare reimbursement rates by m... Read more

  • Loebsack Joins House Task Force on Rural Broadband
    Posted in Press Release on May 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he has been named to serve as a member of the new House Task Force on Rural Broadband, which will be chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. The Task Force seeks to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide and will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access to high-speed internet by 2025. “The future of economic development in Iowa and ... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Mullin Reintroduce Legislation to Train Communications Tower Workers
    Posted in Press Release on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would create a program through the Federal Communications Commission to establish, or expand, job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance. The “Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019” would provide up to $20 million in competitive grants for various universities, community colleges and technical education programs to develop and administer the t... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the E15 Rule Moving Forward
    Posted in Press Release on March 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the proposed E15 rule, taking the next step toward making E15 available year-round. In October, President Trump had pledged to end the embargo on sales of E15 during the summer months. “I thank Administrator Wheeler for finally taking this step to expand consumer choice at the gas pump by allowing the year-round sale of E15. I encourage all interested I... Read more

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